Cassar-Daley’s new-found freedom

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He’s played sold out arenas, stadium shows and country music awards nights with all kinds of arrangements, but Troy Cassar-Daley’s never before toured a stripped back, one-man acoustic show like he is right now.

He says performing the one-man show has been the adventure of all time.

“The set can go anywhere. I haven’t done the same show twice. Because I’m sitting on acoustic guitar and telling stories, songs will make their way into the set that I wasn’t planning.

“It’s like a way to have wings and take the show to places I’ve never been before on stage.

“It’s a way to perform my songs the way they were first written … I haven’t been able to do that before.”

After releasing his 42-track Greatest Hits album in October 2018, Cassar-Daley hit the road in January with a support act, his 18-year-old daughter, Jem Cassar-Daley.

The proud dad says he’s relished the chance to bring his daughter along for her first professional music tour.

“I get to watch Jem perform for half an hour each night. With her approach and her humility, it’s something I’ve really enjoyed.”

Having lost his father a week before speaking to Canberra Weekly, Cassar-Daley says getting to perform during this tough time has brought him comfort.

“It’s been really tough being away from family, but having my fans sing these songs back to me has been like a warm blanket in winter.

“If I hadn’t have stayed busy and kept dong the shows, I’d probably have been in a heap by now,” he says.

Cassar-Daley says Canberra crowds have long treated him well; he still regularly listens to a CD of a university band he caught gigging here years ago.

“Cooking for the Bride … I have their CD that I still play from a night at Phoenix pub. I love the record.

“A little piece of music that I picked up in Canberra has followed me around for the rest of my life.”

Troy Cassar-Daley’s Greatest Hits tour will play Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden on 24 April; cssc.com.au

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